Block 1 content is related to deeper knowledge of the lifestyle and philosophy of yoga. We have only a few ancient books to draw on, and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the major sources for the practice most of us are teaching and doing today. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes hilarious, always fascinating, the Pradipika forms the foundation of our lifestyle program, and philosophy is a world wide tour.
Studying The Ancient Books
Over the course of 6 months, you will choose some or all of the poses and practices outlined in the Pradipika as personal growth challenges. You might design an eating plan based on the book's advice, you might master peacock pose, or some of the big hip openers. There are specific mudras, bandhas, breathing techniques, and all kinds of prescriptions for immortality you can choose from, and we'll all be gaining mastery in the earliest fundamentals of our chosen science.
The online classroom will provide the translations for select passages for discussion, and we will all be talking about how we using what we're learning in our lives and classes.
The Oneness of All Philosophies
At least a dozen other books will be discussed on philosophy weekend, and we'll pick a handful of these and dig deeper in the online classroom. That will mean video links, interesting things to read, fabulous quotes from the world's great minds, and all the deep conversations we'll have about it all. If the big picture is "the oneness of all philosophies" - then you can expect to be learning more about the science, philosophy, politics and religions of non-dualist thought from around the world.
With an introduction to Ayurveda in weekend 1 and the Pradipika Diet in weekend 2, this is a great time to take our study of nutrition a lot deeper. We will decide as a group what that looks like.
The first 2 weekends give you a lot of great doorways to open your mind. We will narrow it down and distill it into not just boring study, but off-the-mat actions and experiences of the things you want to know. How we bring our learning forward in the world is as unique as each person, but your training team can lay some very interesting things along your path.
No 2 teachers are alike. We all need to have some things in common, and we'd all like to know more about all kinds of things. Online programs adapt your learning to your goals.